Wacky rigging stick baits is a proven producer, but there’s some simple things you can do to increase their effectiveness. Sound and flash can be critical components and so often overlooked with this subtle presentation. Bass are more perceptive to their surroundings than many anglers realize, which is why Walker Smith skips weightless wacky rigs in open dingy water. He relates it to baitfish busting the surface when chased by predator fish – a skipping lure mimics this and can stimulate a feeding response. The art of skipping lies mainly in practice, but in general, avoid casting too hard. A gentle hand coupled with a quality medium power spinning rod makes skipping relatively easy.
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